Kathleen Davis is the Executive Director at the National Kidney Foundation. She feels fortunate to work with a wonderful NKF team both locally and nationally, a very involved, professional and talented Advisory Board and Medical Advisory Board as well as dedicated volunteers who are the heart of our chapter. "It is an honor and privilege to serve the community with the programs we offer patients and medical professionals."
Along with her fiancé Jeff and daughter Rachel, Kathleen enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Kourtney has been with the National Kidney Foundation since March of 2020 as the Development Manager. Her passion for the nonprofit sector and helping communities in need came from losing her Great Grandmother to kidney disease in 2008. She is originally from Bluford, IL, but moved to the St. Louis Metro East region in 2015. Kourtney holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Webster University.
Jane Delworth has been with the National Kidney Foundation since June 2018 as the Program Manager implementing all local programs for kidney patients and medical professionals. Jane graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from Rockhurst University in 2015. She has a background in program management and development working on the east coast with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before moving back to St. Louis. "I feel incredibly grateful to work with the kidney community in St. Louis working together to enhance the lives of kidney patients and their families". In her free time, Jane enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Cherie Gilderbloom is the Development Manager for the National Kidney Foundation. She graduated in 2004 from Central College in Pella, IA with a degree in Elementary Education. She first became involved with the NKF in 2010 when her best friend’s daughter was born with kidney issues. Cherie was on Team Hannah for 5 years and it wasn’t until 2015 that a position in IA became available. She worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator in IA where she oversaw several walks and volunteer management.
Cherie is originally from Pleasantville, IA (yes, just like the movie) and currently resides in Kirkwood where she lives with her life partner Brian his 3 daughters; Grace (19), Emma and Bella (17). You can find them canoeing, fishing, traveling or their newest project - working to restore their 1974 Airstream. In her spare time, Cherie is a professional photographer and is always traveling to shoot weddings, family portraits, newborns, etc. Cherie is so excited to be part of the STL team and to be an advocate for change within the STL Community.
Directions to our office:
We are located at 1001 Craig Road Suite 480 Saint Louis, MO 63146-6217, approximately 1 mile from Highway 270 and approximately 2 miles west of Lindbergh Boulevard in the Oaks Building directly off of Craig Road. There's a Dierberg's Shopping Center located across the street.
As with other non-profit organizations, volunteers are crucial to our success. Volunteers enable our staff to serve more patients, fund more research and offer more community and professional educational materials and opportunities. For more information about our opportunities please review our Volunteer Handbook or contact Cherie Gilderbloom.
- Office Volunteer: Volunteers will receive a brief on-site training that will occur upon arrival at the office. Activities includes making thank you calls, putting together event and education materials, writing thank you notes and helping with other administrative tasks.
- Event Volunteer: Help us on event day by setting up, breaking down and otherwise helping ensure a successful event. Opportunities are available for our Gala, Walk, Professional Education Conference and the KEEP Healthy public screening program.
- Committee Member: Play a leadership and fundraising role by helping organize one of our four signature events. You will be responsible for attending monthly or bi-monthly meetings to discuss upcoming events/ programs specifics. Committee Members will be expected to work as team, bringing fresh ideas, business connections, sponsors, volunteers and donors that will support the NKF.
- Advisory Board of Directors: Help the National Kidney Foundation advance our mission of awareness, prevention and treatment to those with, and at risk for, kidney disease in Kansas City. Our Directors are expected to introduce the NKF to new community and business leaders, provide insight to our strategic direction and help us achieve our fundraising goals.
Craig Adoor, Board Chair
Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
Craig is a kidney transplant recipient and has served on the National Kidney Foundation Board of Advisor's for more than five years. His involvement in the National Kidney Foundation is fueled by his personal connection to kidney disease. He is proud to serve on the board and share his passion with others to help impact the Kidney Community.
Senior Manager – Healthcare Analytics, Centene, Corp.
Komla became involved with the National Kidney Foundation after a close family member received a kidney transplant. Komla is also involved in the non-profit organization Toys for Togo which is dedicated to providing a healthy childhood experience to needy children and at-risk youth in Togo, West Africa.
Hosea Bartlett (Bart)
Physician Relations Manager – Business Development, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Bart has worked at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital for 8 years and has worked in the kidney transplant program there for 5 years. Bart builds relationships with community nephrology groups and educates dialysis unit staff and patients about kidney transplantation. Through these efforts, he has seen the burden of kidney disease on our community and has learned the importance of awareness and prevention.
Kelly Rauh Baumer
Vice President, Specialty Services, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Kelly has experience working with the National Kidney Foundation through SSM Saint Louis University Hospital’s transplant program. She is excited to continue to spread the NKF’s mission to improve the health and well-being of those affected by kidney disease.
Corporate Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Bethesda Health Group
Prior to working at Bethesda, Nathan worked for Fresenius Medical Care for 4 years in Business Development. Nathan enjoys staying active by running, biking and hiking.
VP Sales, White-Rodgers, Emerson Electric
Geoff is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Florida State University Multi-Cultural Marketing Program. He is active with St. Josephs Hearing Institute, United Way and other local charities.
Keith B. Guller
Owner/Director, Essex Industries, Inc.
Keith has served on the National Kidney Foundations Board of Advisors since 2005 and served as the Board Chair from 2012 - 2018. He is actively involved in numerous non-profit organizations and enjoys traveling, golf, astronomy, camping and geology in his free time.
SVP Human Resources, Bethesda Health Group, Inc.
Kathy’s connection to the National Kidney Foundation began with serving on the golf committee 12 years ago. After serving on the Board of Directors she was exposed to the serious need for more living kidney donors and she decided to altruistically donate her kidney to a co-worker’s husband in August 2019.
Ron believes that the educational opportunities that draw awareness to kidney disease and the resources the NKF provides to all people affected by kidney disease is immeasurable. Ron’s passion is driven by his personal connection to kidney disease through a family member.
President/CEO, SIHF Healthcare
Larry has two strong connections with kidney disease and the National Kidney Foundation. He has both family members and friends who have donated and received kidneys through transplant. SIHF Healthcare has partnered with the NKF for KEEP Healthy kidney screenings to provide direct education and interventions to address kidney health.
Attorney, Affinity Law Group, LLC
Ira is a kidney donor and serves as a Kidney Advocacy Committee (KAC) member using his personal experience and expertise to inform public-policy makers of kidney related legislation, policies and education.
Executive Director, Heart, Vascular and Solid Organ Transplantation, Barnes Jewish Hospital
As the Executive Director for the Solid Organ Transplant Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine Gene’s responsibilities include oversight of day-to-day operations inclusive quality and regulatory compliance. He works jointly with the school of medicine and co-chairs the Transplant Center Steering Committee which is a joint effort with the school of medicine for the advancement of current transplant programs and the implementation of new programs. He also oversees the rapidly growing Mechanical Circulatory Support Assist Device Program and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Renal Network. Gene is an active member of the UNOS Transplant Administrators committee for several years. He started as a regional representative, then vice chair and currently serves as chair of the UNOS Transplant Administrators Committee.
Partner and Director of Real Estate and Construction, Mueller Prost
Teri has personal connections to kidney disease through family and friends. She is interested in serving on the National Kidney Foundation advisory board to give back to the community and to use some of her talents to help others.
Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
Director of Operations, Fresenius Medical Care
Kim has served on the board of advisors a little over a year and has consistently been one of the top walkers at the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk.
Juli Van Hook
Head of Sponsor Finance Lending, Stifel Bank & Trust
Kim is married with two children that are 12 and 10. She enjoys playing tennis, golf and traveling. She is on the Finance and Audit Committee for the city of Manchester, MO.
Representative for Diversity, Outreach & Marketing, LiUNA (Laborers’ International Union of North America) Midwest Region
Sal is a member of community, and a family, that suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The National Kidney Foundation and LiUNA have partnered for the last 6 years in the annual immigrant community health fairs. Through these efforts we have been able to assist large numbers of uninsured/underinsured individuals and families by providing them with no-charge health screenings.
Principal Consultant, Slalom Consulting
Kidney disease has been part of Sandhya’s life since she was 11 years old. Her mother was diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 40 years and died at the age of 64 years. After her death in 2012, Sandhya became involved with NKF and her professional career included working for Fresenius Medical Care, which provides products and service for patients with kidney failure. Sandhya recently discovered her father has been diagnosed with stage 3 chronic kidney disease. Kidney disease continues to be an intimate part of Sandhya’s life, and the advisory board is a way that she is able to help others through their journey.
Program Manager, Abdominal Transplant Programs, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Heather donated one of her kidneys to her sisters’ husband in 2002 and would do it again if she had a spare! Through her lifelong career in the transplant field, she has seen first-hand the transformative impact of transplant in peoples lives. Heather is passionate about transplant and educating patients about the process.